A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Review: Cross My Heart by Celeste O. Norfleet

on March 18, 2014

What tickled me: The Big Misunderstanding was solved in about 5 minutes

What ticked me off: IVF, WTF?

Who might like it: Readers who enjoy a down to earth fantasy.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for books by black authors that might be my style, and this has a blurb about sperm donors and possible blackmail that looked promising. As it turned out, the characters are intelligent adults, so it actually went in a much less drama-filled direction, but I enjoyed it anyway.

Movie-star David Montgomery is very upset to learn that the sperm he sold when he was broke ten years ago has been used — twice. (I found this part of the plot a little confused… surely they didn’t pay him for sperm they didn’t intend to use? I’m guessing that as soon as he got wealthy enough, he asked them not to use it — but why not just have it destroyed And what are the odds it was never used in the intervening years?) Natalia Coles has had two young sons from the same donor, using IVF. (NO! NO! NO! IVF is a very expensive and invasive treatment for infertility, damn it! You do not just walk into a clinic and have IVF! Or if you do, this world is seriously fucked up.)

Concerned that he’ll be hit up for money or blackmailed at a delicate stage in his career, David goes to see Natalia, who of course has no idea what he’s on about.  But attraction grows between them, leaving David with the sticky issue of how to tell Natalia about her sons.

This had some fantasy elements — yacht trip to the Bahamas, meet mom of two with a perfectly flat stomach –but it’s at heart a pretty sweet, cozy story. The sex scenes are over the top — I believe lava comes up at least once — but the romance made me smile. Although second in a family series, it stands alone fine.


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